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Practising Inclusive Education In India

Prabha S, Ekta Dayal, & Shyamala SR
Learning Support Assistants
Stonehill International School

Recently, we had the privilege of attending a symposium at Azim Premji University in Bangalore, focused on the critical theme of inclusive education. As a participant in this enriching event, we were exposed to a plethora of insights, discussions, and strategies aimed at fostering educational environments that embrace diversity and cater to the needs of all learners.

The symposium commenced with an insightful discussion on the challenges hindering the implementation of inclusive education across various educational settings in India. From systemic barriers to attitudinal shifts, the speakers shed light on the multifaceted nature of these challenges and emphasised the urgent need for concerted efforts to overcome them.

One of the highlights of the symposium was the panel discussion exploring the role of parents, educators, and administrators in promoting inclusive practices within schools. The panelists underscored the importance of fostering strong partnerships between parents and educators, as well as the need for inclusive leadership at the institutional level to drive meaningful change.

Furthermore, the symposium delved into practical strategies and approaches to address the diverse learning needs of students within inclusive classrooms. From leveraging technology to tailor instruction to individualised learning plans, to adopting culturally responsive teaching practices, participants were exposed to a wide range of innovative approaches aimed at promoting equitable learning outcomes for all students.

Throughout the symposium, there was a palpable sense of commitment and enthusiasm among attendees to champion the cause of inclusive education. From sharing best practices to networking with like-minded professionals, the event provided a platform for meaningful collaboration and knowledge exchange. We were introduced to different strategies, which we can use with learners such as:-

. Preparing a homely and welcoming environment for learners to give a sense of belonging.

. Give examples of what the expectations are with clear & simple instructions.

. Making diagrams, showing little pictures books or picture ,etc

. Make learners enjoy the task and activities.

. Ensuring everyone participates in activities.

. Not to label the child

. Make a kid ready for schooling by teaching them 5 areas of hygiene i.e  hygiene, nutrition,  learning, social interaction and physical activities.

. Empathy in report and recording with effective feedback for students specifically.

. Remedial classes or giving 1-to-1 support or counselling.

In conclusion, our experience at the symposium on inclusive education at Azim Premji University was both enlightening and inspiring. It reinforced the notion that inclusive education is not just a lofty ideal but a tangible goal that can be achieved through collective effort and unwavering dedication. As we move forward, we are confident that the insights gained from this symposium will inform and guide our practice as educators, enabling us to create more inclusive and equitable learning environments for all students.

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